Marriage-saving tactics. I thank Josie Riviera for starting this conversation. She talked about separate bathrooms as a boon to a good relationship. I say that my Roomba, our tiny round vacuum cleaner, is one of the reasons I don’t grouse at my husband anymore.
In our division (Ha!) of household labor, you see, my DH is “The Vacuumer.” I say ‘Ha!” because I was lucky if my husband vacuumed once a month…and that took reminding, prompting, persuading…yes, even begging. Part of the problem is MDB (Male Dirt Blindness). Most men don’t seem to SEE dirt, much less worry about it.
Desperate for a solution, we bought a Roomba several years ago for under $300 at Costco, gave him a name, Wall-e, put him on a timer, and set him to work. The little guy, made by iRobot, www.iRobot.com, is smart enough to cover new ground to clean, hike himself onto area rugs, and stay away from stairs. He scoops up a big handful of dirt every day in his hour-long tour around our house, returning on his own to his docking station to juice up for as many cleaning turns I want him to take during the rest of the day.
It’s true that Wall-e gets lost some days and he has a nasty habit of getting corralled between the legs of one of our coffee tables. But for the most part, he does his job, goes ‘home’ and waits to work the next day. No reminding, persuading, or begging necessary.
When Wall-e buzzes around our house every day, he makes me smile. Why not? He’s helped save our marriage.
Speaking of relationships, I’d like to introduce a fiery one in SWOON, my newest novel:
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~ Brenda Novak, NYT and USA Bestselling Author of WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES
Her dead clients won’t rest in peace.
When the dead tell tales, Jan Solvang’s first reaction is to RUN! But then she gets caught up in their mysteries.
Jan’s a boutique funeral planner, new to risk, hired to bury a missing woman and memorialize an infamous man. Yet when she digs for clues to write their eulogies, she disturbs family secrets and unmasks killers.
Roman Keller, hard-driving documentary writer, is in complete control of his life and his stories, until he falls for Jan, a woman who trusts her dog, her faint-dreams, and her instincts more than she trusts him.
Can they make the sacrifices necessary to cement their relationship or will the mayhem caused by the dead ruin their second chance at love?
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